Each EUSBSR Member State nominates a National Coordinator (NC) and one or more deputies. The National Coordinators Group (NCG) is the core decision-making body within the governance structure of the EUSBSR, acting as its executive board.

EUSBSR national coordinators have two kinds of tasks. On the one hand, they represent their governments in the NCG, and, on the other hand, they perform their tasks at the national level in their own capacity.

The NCG Presidency rotates annually among the EUSBSR Member States. The Presidency coordinates the National Coordinators (NCs) and the Policy Area Coordinators (PACs), supported by the Baltic Sea Strategy Point (BSP) and in cooperation with the European Commission, and strives to facilitate decision-making and cooperation.


The NCG tasks include:

  • General leadership, coordination and development of the Strategy, including providing strategic guidance and establishing priorities.
  • Acting as interface and link between the EUSBSR and the political level.
  • Ensuring targeted capacity building for stakeholders, in general via the BSP.
  • Ensuring communication, information and publicity about the Strategy, in general via the BSP.
  • Ensuring a monitoring and evaluation framework.
  • Appointing Policy Area Coordinators (PACs) and Lead PACs and providing a common structure for the Policy Areas Steering Groups' rules of procedure.
  • Directing and monitoring the work of the BSP.
  • Serving as guardian of the proper functioning of the governance of the EUSBSR.
  • Representing the EUSBSR in its overall relations, e.g. with the European Commission, other EU institutions, other EU macro-regional strategies, managing authorities including Interreg Baltic Sea Region ProgrammeInteract and other cooperation formats in the region.
  • Initiating revisions of the Strategy and /or the Action Plan.
  • Deciding on revisions of the Action Plan after having consulted the PAs and other relevant stakeholders. The NCG can decide on revisions of the Action Plan as long as these do not modify the strategy itself, which can only be altered by a decision of the Council.


On the national and regional political levels, as the Strategy implementation and continuity heavily relies on the political commitment, the NCG promotes the political support in the respective national governments, ensures the overall coordination, guidance and support to the national stakeholders implementing the Strategy. Furthermore, the NCs cooperate with the relevant managing authorities to promote appropriate funding for the Strategy implementation, promote the visibility and raising awareness of the Strategy, its actions and results.




EUSBSR Action Plan and Implementation